PENN African Studies News, September 1994

PENN African Studies News

September 1994

Dr. Leidy Moudeleno joined the Department of Romance Languages in September. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and specializes in Francophone literature of sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.
Dr. Lioba Moshi is a visiting faculty member in the Department of Linguistics and African Language specialist in the Penn Language Center. Dr. Moshi is associate professor at the University of Georgia and an expert in Swahili. She will oversee African language instruction at Penn this year and teach Swahili.

Dr. Laura Downing is a visiting faculty member in the Department of Linguistics who specializes in Bantu Languages and will teach a course on the structure of Bantu in the spring.

Dr. Moussa Bamba, visiting post-doctoral scholar from the University of Montreal is working with the cognitive-linguistics research group at Penn for the next two years. Dr. Bamba also is teaching Bambara in the Penn Language Center.

Dr. Anatole Ayissi is a Fulbright visiting scholar from the Cameroon where he is employed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At Penn, Dr. Ayissi is joining the Department of Political Science.

Dr. Ode Ogede, from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaira (Nigeria), is a Mellon Fellow in the Department of English.
Elisa Forgey, graduate student in History, is Assistant Bibliographer for African Studies in Van Pelt Library during 1994-95. Elisa was assistant Africana bibliographer at Columbia before coming to Penn.

Joe Glicksberg, graduate student in Political Science, is the graduate fellow/research assistant in African Studies during 1994-95.

Felicia Walton, an International Relations major and African Studies minor, is the undergraduate assistant in African Studies.
Please put the following dates on your calendars for African Studies lectures, workshop, and reading group meetings.

1994 Fall Lecture Series:

October 7       Mark Auslander		 	    	12 Noon
			Department of Anthropology	 
			Haverford College				
			"Tonight, His Horn Will Bear a Thousand Children!":  
			Spatiotemporal Framing and the Politics of Re-
			Production in an Ngoni Witchfinding Ceremony"

October 28      Usama Osman Abdulgadir			12 noon  		
		       Institute of Afro-Asian Studies
			University of Khartoum	
			"Islamic Credit System and Development 
			in Northeast Africa:  The Case of Sudan"

December 2      Olabiyi Yai				12 noon
			Chair, Asian and African
			Languages and Literatures
			University of Florida
			Tentative:  "African Diaspora"

PLEASE NOTE: All Lectures will be held in the History Lounge, 215 College Hall.

Participants are invited to join the speaker for an informal lunch following each Lecture.

Second Annual Consortium Workshop:

October 21      Topic:  				All day
			"Documenting Change in Contemporary Africa"
			Stiteler Hall, 1st Floor Lounge

Reading Group Seminar:

November 18     Jane Guyer   				All day
			Director, African Studies
			Northwestern University
			African Studies Reading Group

    -- Separate announcements will be sent for each event --
African Studies' Graduate Students have formed a Reading Group designed to provide a forum for an intimate, informal, and intense dialogue between disciplines and regions, graduate students and faculty. Theorists to be discussed this fall include Derrida, Deleuze, Bataille, Foucault, Husserl, Appiah, Bachelard and others.

Each semester participants will be invited to spend one day with a scholar renowned in the discipline. The guest scholar for the fall is Jane Guyer from Northwestern University. This spring, the guest scholar will be Kwame Anthony Appiah.

The Reading Group will meet every other week at announced locations. Syllabi are available at the African Studies Program Office. All books are available at HOUSE OF OUR OWN BOOKSTORE.

For More Information Call:

Achille Mbembe: (o) 573-3252 or (h) 893-0526
Elisa Forgey: (h) 790-1577
Lynette Loose: (o) 898-6971

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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